Tuesday, July 16, 2013

12 flowering plants for summer

Most garden plants are at their best at this time of year, and there are many varieties that you can bring indoors to decorate your home, including roses, busy lizzies, lilies, marguerites, and fuchsias.

Be careful of displaying your plants on a south-facing windowsill in summer. Although plants may be happy there in winter when the sun is at its weakest, most varieties wil scorch and dry out during the hoot noon summer sun.

Geraniums are one of the few plants that will tolerate a worm sunny position in summer but even these need constant care and attention to keep them healthy. Display regal and zonal geraniums on the windowsills of a conservatory or plant them into hanging baskets. if you don't have a conservatory or sun-room, you can make an eye-catching display by standing several different types together on an occasional table or sunny windowsill. Look out for the old-fashioned varieties with their exotic-colored flowers.

The cape primrose ( Streptocarpus )  is another exotic-looking plant that is increasing in popularity. A relative of the African Violet, it comes in similar colors and should be displayed in the same way, massed together in a shallow bowl on a low table. This plant has a long flowering season, and providing  you feed it regularly throughout the summer, will flower well into the fall. Always water this plant from below and never directly onto the leaves which will rot it if they become wet.

The following plants all flower in summer :

Basket plant ( Aeschynanthus speciosus ) 

Begonia bowerae

Bleeding heart ( Clerodendrum thomsoniae )

Brazilian Jasmine

Busy lizzy

Cape leadwort

Gerbera jamesonii

Golden trumpet 



Persian violet 

Zebra plant 


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